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United States Defense Contractors and Cybersecurity Challenges

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In the United States, a sizable amount of the overall federal budget is allocated to defense spending. The 2018 Defense Budget was signed into law on December 12, 2017, by President Trump, which authorized just under $700 billion in defense spending (Blankenstein, 2017). In contrast to just a few years ago where the fiscal year defense spending was set at $593 …

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SSL Labs Rating Woes

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I was recently notified that one of the sites I support was getting a ‘C’ rating on SSL Labs. It turned out that there were three main issues that needed to be resolved. Two out of the three were relatively easy to find via the SSL Labs documentation, which required simple fixes to the ssl.conf file. This server is vulnerable …

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Management Actions that Must Happen Prior to a Cyber Attack

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Prior to any cyber attack, an organization should already have a solid crisis management plan and set of disaster recovery precautions in place. In addition to this, a risk analysis should be carried out involving a holistic approach and careful investigation of information systems and the overall environment. The purpose of such an analysis is to evaluate all endpoints that …

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Retina-X Hacked: 1 Terabyte Data Erased from the Server

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There exist different types of hackers: hacktivists doing hacking for a cause and ethical hacking with good intentions. In April 2017, the systems of Retina-X Studios spyware manufacturer was a victim of hacking, and huge amounts of data were deleted from its cloud server. Retina-X studio is based in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. It develops Smartphone and computer monitoring software …

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TrickBot Malware Targeting Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Malware is increasingly common and dangerous these days. Now, a TrickBot Variant is successfully hacking cryptocurrency exchanges and stealing Bitcoin. TrickBot malware surfaced in late 2016 and immediately took over the cyber world. Until now, TrickBot was thought to only be capable of stealing funds from financial entities such as blanks and blockchains. TrickBot was reportedly used primarily to make …

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Apple Devices Affected By Single Character Bug

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The latest bug to hit Apple devices only needs a single character to crash your iPhone and to prevent you accessing your messaging apps on iOS. This bug was first discovered by Mobile World, an Italian blog. Other Apple devices may also be affected by the same bug. It has the potential to affect any device that has the latest …

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Browsealoud Hacked: Used for Monero Mining

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Hackers were able to compromise a popular Browsealoud plugin to infect government websites with cryptocurrency mining malware. Cryptocurrency hit headlines in 2018 seeing most people become billionaires and especially bitcoin which had its value touch the sky. Cybercriminals and hackers took advantage of such making easy money but a payback is being experienced by unknown users. US and UK Government …

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The Equifax Breach Was Bigger Than It Seemed

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On July 29, Equifax, one of the three largest American credit agencies, revealed that it experienced a large-scale security breach. The credit reporting company revealed this information to its customers over one month later on September 9th, 2017. Sensitive data was hacked, including birthdays, drivers license numbers, home addresses, credit card information and customer names. At the time of the …

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Russian Engineers Caught In Bitcoin Mining Controversy

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Russia is home to one of the most powerful computer networks in the world. Local engineers were actually using the supercomputers to try Bitcoin mining. The Russian media reported that they had attempted several times to use these computers for illicit purposes. But the engineers were actually caught and detained because of that incident. Now a controversy has ensued because …